Environments Booklet
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by Steve Sauder
3w ago
As (what I believe to be) an integral part of the “Environments” release, comes a booklet that describes the various pieces, my Patreon patrons who are the inspiration for them, and the process that I used to create them. Because the overall theme of “Environments” is “music about artchitecture” which doesn’t seem on first glance to be something that really exists, the booklet, in describing the process of creation of the album, makes it clear just what the music is, what the tracks mean to the people who shared their favorite places with me, and ultimately, what they mean to me as a way of ex ..read more
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Environments Now Available!
Steve Sauder Composer Blog
by Steve Sauder
9M ago
I’m really excited to announce that my new album, called “Environments” is now available on digital music stores and streaming services everywhere! “Environments” is an album of contemporary orchestral music, that attempts to answer the question: “What would music about architecture sound like?” There are 18 sections, each one describing a particular environment (initially, I positioned an “environment” to be a piece of architecture – a building, or piece of public art, occupied or abandoned, but that grew to include natural spaces and more emotional places). The music isn’t strictly descript ..read more
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Environments – Coming Soon!
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by Steve Sauder
10M ago
Coming soon, I have a new album of orchestral music called “Environments” that I’ll be releasing in short order (within the next month, fingers crossed!). It’s a collection of 18 orchestral pieces, all composed during 2021 & 2022, that poses the question, what does “music about architecture” sound like? There’s a great quote that I heard from Jane Siberry, but could have originated elsewhere, which goes: “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” A valid point, but I cut out the talking and the dancing. The real story is that I have always felt that my composition process w ..read more
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Elevate by St Lucia
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by Steve Sauder
1y ago
The Trinidadian Steelpan is one of my favourite instruments, and I try to compose with it in the orchestra as often as I can.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to do an actual 50-person steelpan orchestra arrangement of a song by New York’s “St Lucia”.  Writing the steelpan parts and recording the results was an incredible learning experience, and convinced me that I want to do a lot more with this gorgeous instrument ..read more
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Soundtrack Album now available!
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by Steve Sauder
1y ago
Album Cover I’m beyond excited to let everybody know that the soundtrack album for Was I Next? The Sean Cribbin Story, is now available at the following links: iTunes/Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/was-i-next-the-sean-cribbin-story-original-motion/1641567432 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2zRETpPnwApgXyGtIbQr0G?si=uzmcXdufQWSpJoqjNbtOZg YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_k2zW8gUw8pesjwdJ3-QKec-tOCPyyhgPs ..read more
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New Film Soundtrack
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by Steve Sauder
1y ago
The documentary film “Was I Next? The Sean Cribbin Story” finished production last year, and went on the international film festival circuit, was awarded over 100 awards from film festivals all over the world, and was picked up for distribution, so keep your eyes peeled on Netflix or your nearest theatre! The soundtrack for the film was written by yours truly, and the film received several “Best Original Score” awards among the others, and I’m incredibly honoured. Check out the film’s website at wasinext.com for all kinds of interesting information about the film, including a “Music” page, wh ..read more
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I’m in a band!
Steve Sauder Composer Blog
by Steve Sauder
1y ago
After a few years of being out of touch, my friend Phil M. and I recontacted each other a few months ago, and I discovered that he’d been very busy in the intervening years, turning himself into a rock star, and putting his band Stardust for Jennifer on the map globally (an impressive number of albums sold, somewhere north of 1 million, I understand!)  I’ve loved his music for years, and own all the albums (some of whose covers are shown above), and was so happy to hear that he was making his wonderful, ambient/electronic sound available to the world, and that the world was taking n ..read more
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ReSCORE Project – Part 3
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by Steve Sauder
1y ago
Here’s the third instalment of my project to “re-imagine” some of my favourite movie scenes, with my own music instead of the original score.  My first two have gotten quite a few very positive and constructive comments, and I’m pleased that people have taken the time to listen and give me such wonderful feedback!  Thanks so much! For my third outing, I decided I wanted to tackle something non-Western, to see how I would fare with some musical idioms that I wasn’t familiar with.  It’s a task that’s handed to many a film score composer when the film takes place in an exotic local ..read more
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ReSCORE Project – Part 2
Steve Sauder Composer Blog
by Steve Sauder
1y ago
Continuing on with the ReSCORE project, I thought for my second time out, I would tackle something that is (a) a little more recent, and (b) is scored by one of my heroes, Hans Zimmer.  Zimmer has written a truly staggering number of film scores, and while he receives a bit of flak for reusing ideas between projects, I’ve found that when he’s presented with an interesting challenge, he invariably comes up with highly original music that adds a great deal to the film.  One such challenge was the score for “Sherlock Holmes” – after writing a jangly, highly recognizable theme for the fi ..read more
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Live Performance!
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by Steve Sauder
1y ago
The excellent Ottawa choir “Pleinchant” performed two of my pieces in their recent Christmas 2014 concert at the Orléans United Church in Orléans.  Watch the video after the cut! The first piece is an original composition, “Chorale (in Memory of Janet Gurr)” which I wrote for my Aunt Janet when she passed away last year.  The second piece is a commission that I did for Pleinchant, an arrangement of The Huron Carol, Canada’s very first Christmas Carol, written by Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit Missionary, in the 1600’s.  The first half is sung in the language it was originally writte ..read more
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